College Event April 28 Honors Clark, Jones
The College of Education and Health Professions will honor Dr. Margaret Clark of Fayetteville, professor emerita in the department of curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Bobby W. Jones of Richmond Hill, Va., commander of the Tuttle Army Health Clinic on Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., at a program April 28.
Clark and Jones are two of 10 winners of Silas Hunt Legacy Awards who will be recognized by the University of Arkansas that day for their contributions to the university, the state, the nation and the world. The recipients were nominated by the public and selected by a volunteer selection committee comprising UA alumni, friends, faculty, students and staff. The day culminates with a black tie event on the campus.
On Feb. 2, 1948, Silas Hunt became the first black student in modern times to attend a major Southern public university when he was admitted without litigation into the University of Arkansas School of Law.
The College of Education and Health Professions has scheduled a reception and moderated discussion with Clark and Jones that begins at 10 a.m. April 28 in the auditorium of the Graduate Education building. Eddie Armstrong, a UA alum and former Associated Student Government president, will moderate the discussion with Clark and Jones. Armstrong, manager of state governmental affairs for Tyson Foods, is CEO of a nonprofit organization he founded to provide monetary assistance for minority students from single-parent households interested in attending the university.
Clark was one of the first African American faculty members at the university when she arrived in 1969. She taught French, foreign languages and added teacher education in 1972. She earned a doctorate in education in 1978.
Clark is the first African American president of the Fayetteville Business and Professional Women's Club, the Fayetteville Branch of the American Association of University Women, the Arkansas Division of the American Association of University Women and the Arkansas Chapter of the Arkansas-East Bolivia Partners of the Americas. She has been recognized as Outstanding Faculty Member with the Panhellenic Award and recognized with the Martin Luther King Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jones served as deputy commander for clinical services for the 67th combat support hospital in Tikrit, where he was responsible for the overall medical care and evacuation for more than 15,000 personnel in north central Iraq. For his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom (January 2004-2005), he received the Bronze Star.
He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas in 1984 and his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1990. He has been a member of the Black Alumni Society since its inception and established the Sammie Perry-Earnestine Jones Perseverance Scholarship in honor of his grandmother and mother for minority students at the University of Arkansas.
Heidi Stambuck, director of communications
College of Education and Health Professions
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